- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - Police say they believe an SUV involved in a crash that killed three men last week had a mechanical problem or the driver suffered a medical issue right before the crash.

Sixty-five-year-old Oscar Johnson, 65-year-old Charles Barnes and 72-year-old Willie Byrd died after the SUV slammed into a tractor-trailer at a busy intersection Friday.

The Erie Times News (https://bit.ly/2t0rUDl ) reports that The Rev. Michael Coles said he was told by Johnson’s friends that he had complained of mechanical problems with his SUV.

Erie Police Chief Donald Dacus says authorities are also aware of reports that the SUV model has experienced accelerator issues.

Dacus says the catastrophic nature of the crash makes it difficult to determine what exactly caused the crash.


Information from: Erie Times-News, https://www.goerie.com

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